If this is true, if this is the way things happened, it is going to be very hard to blame this on Ba’athists, foreign fighters, and “dead enders.” If this is true, and this is a sign of the way things are really going outside the Sunni triangle, this venture is doomed. If there is hope to make this thing work, we owe it to the Iraqis and ourselves to stay until the country can stand on its own. But if it is hopeless, if we have already lost, we should leave. What a fucking disaster.
I do think that we need to get Iraq in a better situation before leaving. But I worry that our presence in Iraq might be part of the problem. I am not convinced about that like Max or Jim are, but we cannot discount that possibility. Not sure yet what would take me off the fence.